Improved Production Queensland – Morgan Park report
Morgan Park was the venue for round 3 of the Improved Production Queensland state championship across the weekend – with a field of over 30 cars.
Conditions were clear and sunny for qualifying, which David Waldon came out and set a blistering 1:22.589 to claim pole position.
Kyle Organ-Moore was only a tenth and a half behind on 1:22.745 with Justin Wade, Troy Marinelli and James Peck rounding out the top 5.
Race 1 had troubles before the first turn with Ewen Johnston going backwards along the pit wall. He was able to recover and continue on with only minor damage.
Organ-Moore went backwards after being shuffled wide being 5th on the opening lap and Waldon took the lead. But a great drive after putting his head down, meant he was able to catch Waldon with a lap to go but Waldon managed to keep the big V8 behind to cross the line only a tenth apart.
“I had a bit of work to do in race 1 after getting hung out at turn 2 and dropping back to 5th. Waldo was long gone so had to push on”, Organ-Moore said.
“I got back to him with a lap to go but the fire breathing RX3 just beat me to the line by point 1 of a second!”
Race 2 had one the wildest opening laps we have seen this year with Waldon making a mistake heading into turn 1 going backwards at speed through the paddock.
As the field went into Siberia, Greg Hartnett lost control and spun, with the all cars looking for a way around the stricken Nissan Pulsar. Hartnett managed to climb his way back up to 18th having lost 3rd gear.
Waldon put in one of the best drives of the weekend going from last at the first corner, to 5th outright. Organ-Moore took the win, Wade in second, and Marinelli third.
Race 3 had the top 4 cars going hard at it, Organ-Moore was being attacked by Marinelli for half a lap, side-by-side, and Marinelli lead until the front straight where the power of the V8 was too much for his Turbo S14.
Marinelli would pull off to the side of turn 2 after an engine issue within site of the finish. But Organ-Moore was too good for the field taking another win, and claiming the round victory.
“Great weekend, the car was great. Stoked to take the round win again”, Organ-Moore said.
“Happy with the race 2 and race 3 wins. It was awesome to see so many IP guys having a run, looked like there was plenty of action right through the field”.
“We will take it home, give it a service and get ready for the National’s next month in Western Australia.”
Peter Cusato, Royce Gregson and Stuart Lowry were in a huge battle across the weekend. Cusato managing to hold out Gregson after a dive up the inside into Gumtree.
Improved Production Queensland will be back at Lakeside Raceway for round 4, 18th – 19th November. Announcements will be made over the follow weeks.